Forest ReLeaf of Missouri

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Published on: Sep. 18, 2013

Horn, he has continued to volunteer with Forest ReLeaf, “Not simply because of its valid purpose, but also because of its excellent efficiency. The leadership, though changed, has the same determination and work ethic as in those first days starting out. These hardworking qualities, along with amenable personalities, have been instrumental in maintaining a large, industrious cadre of volunteers. We come back year after year because we are appreciated, useful, and know the good we are doing for the community.”

Community Benefits — Urban

Little Creek Nature Area is a 96-acre plot of land in a school district in urban North St. Louis. Eric Hadley, science and Little Creek Nature Area coordinator, Ferguson-Florissant School District, says kids in this inner-city district “typically don’t get outside much. They are more accustomed to asphalt. To be in a place that is truly natural and full of trees or prairie, and having animals or birds around them, is literally scary to them.”

Over the past several years, Forest ReLeaf has donated more than 2,000 trees to Little Creek Nature Area. Hadley says, “When we get the trees from Forest Releaf it’s a big deal for the kids. Once they plant one tree, they’re very excited to continue to keep planting other trees because they see what a difference it can make — especially because they just spent a large amount of time getting rid of the honeysuckle. The act of planting a tree really becomes a powerful tool to awaken their spirit in terms of what’s around them and what should be here and how we can keep it healthy.”

Hadley says that, without Forest ReLeaf, they wouldn’t have much of a forest. “We simply can’t afford to buy trees,” he says. “The students return with their own children and then that next generation begins to understand and appreciate trees and the natural environment. That’s a powerful tool. If we didn’t have the trees, that kind of education and pride wouldn’t be part of our program.”

Community Benefits — Storm Recovery

When the May 22, 2011, EF-5 tornado hit Joplin and took with it 161 lives and an estimated 20,000-plus trees, Forest ReLeaf felt they had to step in and offer support. They started shipping trees to Joplin (a first for the organization), and, in 2012, expanded their nursery by 5,000 trees to accommodate future distribution to the area. Forest ReLeaf works closely

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